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TODAY news for Thursday, November 16, 2006

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Center for Christian Bioethics presents new show on the ResearchChannel

Loma Linda University’s Center for Christian Bioethics is set to be featured on the ResearchChannel later this month. The show, “Addressing Medical Errors: Shifting the Professional Paradigm to Promote Patient Safety,” will broadcast on November 20 at 12:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.

The ResearchChannel is a nonprofit media and technology organization that connects a global audience with the research and academic institutions whose developments, insights, and discoveries affect our lives and futures.

“One of the main functions of our center is to educate the academic community on issues in bioethics,” says Mark Carr, PhD, director, Center for Christian Bioethics. “Through our Bioethics Grand Rounds (now Health and Faith Forum) we have done an outstanding job of this for many, many years here on our LLU campus.”

According to Dr. Carr, when the idea presented itself that the center could have these sessions broadcast via the ResearchChannel to millions of homes across the country, the center thought it was a great opportunity. “On the ResearchChannel we have tremendous exposure via cable TV and Internet access,” he says. “We find ourselves in some very good company in terms of research-oriented universities in America who also broadcast on the ResearchChannel.”

Johns Hopkins University, the University of Washington, and the Library of Congress are just a few of the world-renowned institutions that participate and whose programs are featured on the ResearchChannel. More than 70 institutions participate as members and affiliates, and that number continues to grow. “We hope that our current one-year, 100-hour contract will demonstrate an effective exposure for our center and Loma Linda University generally,” says Dr. Carr.

The ResearchChannel can be viewed in several different ways. All broadcasts on the ResearchChannel are webcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from the ResearchChannel website. Additionally, programming is available on the satellite Dish TV network on channel 9400.

Programming is also being shown on certain cable TV markets in locations across the country. Finally, programming is available via digital satellite downlink. A stream is offered free-of-charge to institutions wishing to downlink and/or retransmit the digital satellite signal.

Through cable and satellite distribution, the ResearchChannel is available to more than 22 million U.S. households.

The channel is also available on select academic networks in the United States and other countries. Online, ResearchChannel uses advanced streaming and broadband technologies to provide programs via a live webstream and an extensive video-on-demand library. The library houses more than 2,700 full-length programs that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ResearchChannel website, with users in more than 70 countries worldwide, provides programs on demand and through a live webstream. 

The ResearchChannel acts as a technology testbed and innovator for new methods of global distribution and interaction. Network, computing, and content-creation collaborations allow participants to make the most of traditional, new, and emerging technologies. Collaborative projects include those with Intel, IBM, and Microsoft Research. “If we find our venture successful, we would like to include other programs and schools across LLU and expand our presence on the ResearchChannel,” adds Dr. Carr.

For more information on the program, go to www.researchchannel.org/prog/displayevent.aspx?rID=6859&fID=345.

By Dustin R. Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, November 16, 2006